Stay well strategies for everyone

Stay well strategies:

  • sleep well
  • eat well
  • exercise
  • manage stress
  • spend quality time with family and friends
  • engage in the local community
  • get professional support
  • use alternative therapies
  • work in a supportive workplace
  • have a holiday



How can I go on?

Freddie Mercury was dying of aids when he wrote and sang this song.
He must have wondered how he could go on but he did,
and it was the most creative period in his whole life.

If you have a mental illness or are a carer,
there will be times you won’t know how you can go on. But you will.

There are people who believe in you and they will help to make you strong.
You belong, just as I belong and together we are strong.

How Can I Go On Lyrics

When all the salt is taken from the sea
I stand dethroned, I’m naked and I bleed
But when your finger points so savagely
Is anybody there to believe in me
To hear my plea and take care of me?

How can I go on, from day to day
Who can make me strong in every way
Where can I be safe, where can I belong
In this great big world of sadness
How can I forget those beautiful dreams that we shared
They’re lost and they’re nowhere to be found
How can I go on?

Sometimes I seem to tremble in the dark, I cannot see
When people frighten me
I try to hide myself so far from the crowd
Is anybody there to comfort me
Lord, take care of me

How can I go on (how can I go on)
From day to day (from day to day)
Who can make me strong (who can make me strong)
In every way (in every way)
Where can I be safe (where can I be safe)
Where can I belong (where can I belong)
In this great big world of sadness
(In this great big world of sadness)
How can I forget (how can I forget)
Those beautiful dreams that we shared
(Those beautiful dreams that we shared)
They’re lost and they’re nowhere to be found
How can I go on?

How can I go on? How can I go on? Go on, go on, go on


What is mental health?

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which someone:
– realises his or her own abilities
– can cope with the normal stresses of life
– can work fully and productively
– is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

A healthy person has a healthy mind and is able to:
– think clearly
– solve problems in life
– work productively
– enjoy good relationships with other people
– feel spiritually at ease
– make a contribution to the community.

Mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorder.


When the student is ready

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Lao Tzu



What binds us together

‘We have a stake in one another, and what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart.’
Barack Obama

The Award recipients

2013 NSW Carers Award recipients










NSW CAG Recovery in Art Exhibition at the Wayside Chapel

I attended the NSW Consumer Advisory Group Recovery in Art Exhibition on Friday 18 October. It was an honour and a privilege to have an artwork in the exhibition.

Fay Jackson, one of the Deputy Commissioners at the NSW Mental Health Commission was the guest speaker. Her speech was so moving it made me cry.


Interview with Luke Grant on radio 2GB

NSW Carer of the Year Anne Naylor

Tuesday October 15, 2013

NSW Carer of the Year Anne Naylor speaks to Luke about receiving the award and Carers Week

Listen to NSW Carer of the Year Anne Naylor:



Interview with Paul Murray on radio 2UE

 Carers deserve a greater profile


Posted by: 2UE | 15 October, 2013 – 9:41 AM
Mother of 4 Anne Naylor is announced NSW Carer of the Year
It’s estimated carers provide 1.32 billion hours of care each year, saving taxpayers $40b. Paul Murray spoke with Anne Naylor from West Pennant Hills who has been named 2013 NSW Carer of the Year.


Donate to Wesley Mission Program

At some time in our lives, every one of us will need support. Who will support you when you need it? What if you have really bad depression and you have little kids? What if you don’t have a job or a car? What if you have no family to help out?

For the rest of 2013, I will be donating my proceeds of my book, ‘Art From Adversity: A Life With Bipolar’ to the Wesley Aunties and Uncles Program to support children and carers in disadvantaged or challenging circumstances. This program does an amazing job and we should support them.

About Wesley Aunties & Uncles

The Wesley Aunties & Uncles program helps to build a better life for children. This is achieved through an early intervention mentoring program based on an extended family model of ‘aunts and uncles’ who provide mentoring and guidance in a stable family environment. Qualified staff assess volunteers and evaluate the needs of children to link them together.

Spending time with each other for one weekend a month, Aunties and Uncles:

  • provide the opportunity for children to experience the stability and benefits of an extended family
  • support the role of the parent/s of the child
  • provide the opportunity for volunteers to make a positive contribution to a child’s life

Wesley Aunties & Uncles provide mentoring services in the Sydney metropolitan area and the Central Coast.

To find out more about Wesley Aunties & Uncles go to: http://www.wesleymission.org.au/Centres/Out_Of_Home_Care/Our_services/Aunties_and_Uncles.asp

To donate to Wesley Mission go to http://www.wesleymission.org.au/donate

Purchase ‘Art From Adversity: A Life With Bipolar’ here, from my website www.atnaylor.com or from the publisher, Interactive Publications at http://ipoz.biz/Store/NewReleases/2013.htm


The 2013 NSW Carers Awards

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